Two Lady Dawgs sign scholarships
by Nick Birdsong
Apr 17, 2012 | 1808 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After securing the signature of White Plains’ Blaire Crabtree, Gadsden State Community College women’s coach John Butts has added another tall, athletic player from Calhoun County to his 2012 signing class.

Anniston center Calishia Parker, a first-team choice to The Star’s Class 4A-6A all-county team, signed with the Lady Cardinals Friday as expected.

Her teammate guard Apryl Lewis will take her talents to Boaz.

The 5-foot-6 point guard also signed this past Friday, inking with Snead State Community College. Lewis was an honorable mention selection to the all-county team as a junior before earning second-team honors this past season.

“We like the defensive intensity that she brings and the way she sees the floor,” Snead State head coach Jarrod Plummer said.

“She’s a hard worker and she also gets it done in the classroom. Both of those combined made for a good recipe.”

She helped guide the Lady Bulldogs to a 56-7 record in two seasons as a starter, including a pair of Calhoun County and Class 4A, Area 10 tournament titles.

“Kids from winning programs are used to winning,” Plummer said. “Kids from losing programs want to win, but they’re OK with losing. It’s a different mindset.”

Snead State went 15-10 in its fourth season under Plummer this year.

• McKay steps down: John McKay has resigned from his position as head football coach at Spring Garden after two seasons, according to principal Mike Welsh.

McKay went 3-7 in 2010 and followed that up with a 2-8 campaign this past fall.

Welsh, who also serves as the Panthers’ athletics director, said McKay, who’d been on the staff for a decade, came to him a few weeks ago and informed him of his decision. The Cherokee County Board of Education accepted his letter of resignation earlier this month. Welsh said the Panthers could name a new coach as early as tonight when the board meets at 6 at Sand Rock.

Welsh said McKay will remain employed as a teacher at Spring Garden but is uncertain whether he’ll rejoin the football staff as an assistant when a new coach is named.

“We just appreciate coach McKay for his hard work,” Welsh said. “He works as hard as anybody.”

• Major to visit Tennessee: Last weekend Piedmont’s Jamie Major traveled to Tallahassee to attend Florida State’s annual Garnett and Gold spring game at Doak-Walker Stadium where the Atlantic Coast Conference Seminoles play their home games. This weekend, the 6-1, 223-pound linebacker/defensive back will be on hand at the largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference.

The junior will be at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., for the University of Tennessee’s Orange and White game.

Major holds offers from Jacksonville State, Idaho State and Western Kentucky. The two-time first-team selection to the Alabama Sports Writer’s Association Class 3A all-state team was invited to Alabama, Mississippi State and Louisville’s junior days. He was also invited to LSU’s spring game.

Former Oxford standout defensive lineman Allan Carson is currently on the Volunteers roster.

Nick Birdsong covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575. Follow him on Twitter @birds_word.

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